LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -

Detectives with the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department are investigating the murder of a Las Cruces man.

It happened just before 1 a.m. Tuesday in an area west of Las Cruces, officials said.

Deputies were dispatched to the 5900 block of Derby Avenue after a 911 call alerted authorities to a 35-year-old male who had reportedly suffered a gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to a Las Cruces-area hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, officials said.